Safety Tips for
Hurricane Action Checklist
Here is an important list of things to consider
that could save your life before, during, and
after a hurricane.
Stay or Leave?
With the threat of a hurricane, a decision needs
to be made whether to evacuate or ride out the
storm in safety at home. If local authorities
recommend evacuation, leave! Their advice is
based on knowledge of the strength of the storm
and its potential for death and destruction.
If you live on the coastline or offshore
islands, plan to leave.
If you live near a river or in a flood plain,
plan to leave.
If you live on high ground, away from coastal
beaches, consider staying.
Plans before Hurricane Season (June):
Learn the storm surge history and elevation of
Learn safe inland routes.
Learn location of official shelters.
Determine where to move your boat in an
Trim back dead wood from trees.
Check for loose rain gutters.
If shutters do not protect windows, store enough
boards to cover glass.
When a Hurricane Warning Is Issued for Your
Stayed tuned to radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio
for official bulletins.
Stay home if your structure is sturdy and on
Board up garage and porch doors.
Move valuables to upper floors.
Bring in pets.
Fill containers (bathtub) with several days'
supply of drinking water.
Turn up refrigerator to maximum cold and do not
open unless necessary.
Use phone only for emergencies.
Stay indoors on the downwind side of the house
away from windows.
Beware that as the eye of the hurricane passes,
increasing winds will follow in reverse.
Leave areas that might be affected by storm tide
or stream flooding.
Leave early - in daylight if possible.
Shut off water and electricity at main stations.
Take small valuables and papers, but travel
Leave food and water for pets (shelters will not
Drive carefully to nearest designated shelter
using recommended evacuation routes.